CocoaBooklet
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CocoaBooklet lets you create a booklet out of a PDF file, it is a page imposition tool.

A booklet is book that is bound in the middle. Which means that a booklet has four pages printed on one sheet of paper (two on each sides). If you have for example a PDF file with 8 pages, you booklet will look like this:

  • First sheet, first side: pages 8 and 1
  • First sheet, second side: pages 2 and 7
  • Second sheet, first side: pages 6 and 3
  • Second sheet, second side: pages 4 and 5


The bottom line is that you simply print your
What's New
Version 2.0.4:
  • Bugfix: under certain conditions, the PDF Service didn't work
  • Interface and help corrected to mirror the change in the way the PDF Service works
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher, Java 1.4.2






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Georgio8 commented on 27 Nov 2009
Was very happy with this on Leopard, but it crashes on open for me in Snow Leopard 10.6.2/MacBookPro.
[Version 2.0.4]

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ChristoDeluxe replied on 18 Jul 2011
Developer's site now says this won't work on Snow Leopard (or later) because Apple removed their Cocoa-Java library starting in 10.6. He has no plans to conitnue. Too bad, this was a good little tool.

http://www.iconus.ch/fabien/page33/page33.html
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Norville replied on 20 Jul 2011
Despite what the developer's site says, you CAN get it working on Snow Leopard (if you're willing to hack a little bit). I've been happily using this great little utility for a while now on 10.6. The steps are outlined here:

http://www.notesfromandy.com/2009/09/06/getting-back-the-cocoa-java-bridge-in-snow-leopard/
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Virgoss tipped on 08 Apr 2008
There is also an online service that allows to make booklets from PDF files.
[Version 2.0.4]


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Anonymous reviewed on 27 Sep 2005
I am so excited right now! I have been making booklets (60-70 pages ea.) for years, the old fashioned way (yes, cutting with scissors and taping) b/c I could not figure out how to arrange the pages correctly on the computer. Your program has saved me HOURS of work and many dollars in Tylenol. Thank you! Thank you! It was so easy to use. I'm not sure it could be any easier. Have I said thank you yet?!

Thank you!!!
[Version 1.3.3]

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Rubaiyat commented on 16 Oct 2008
It is simple to work out your own imposition.

Just get a piece of paper and fold it into half, then half again, then half again. (assuming it is in 16 page signatures).

Starting at the front number the bottom outside corner.

Now unfold it and you have a guide to layout.

Just place and turn the pages of the document where you need them.
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Emet1 tipped on 06 Jun 2005
I had exactly the same problem printing to an HP 4550 laserprinter. It would spit out page after blank page and I couldn't stop it. I had to turn the printer off before it would stop.

I then tried creating the booklet with separate files for even & odd pages. Everything works fine. No extra pages, no blank pages.
Go to; Preferences>Options>Split the booklet into odd/even pages.

I didn't change any defaults in the print dialogue, I did check the "collate" box.

This program does, in fact, rule. I can't get InDesign to create a booklet as simply. I use CocoaBooklet for instruction manuals.

Send this developer some money!
[Version 1.3.3]


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Anonymous reviewed on 28 Jan 2005
This program rules. The only problem I have is getting my printer to not skip pages on the second pass of printing. This happens on both of my printers, and it usually means I have to start over. It helps if you're not printing in draft mode, but that's no guarantee. Anyway, that's not this programs fault.
[Version 1.3.2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 20 Jan 2005
Really great utility. It only took me about 45 minutes to learn how to impose my 20-pg booklet and print a perfect copy on my color laserjet.

US users: make sure to set the correct page size in CocoaBooklet prefs. For my 5in x 5in booklet I set it to 10in x 5in (spread size.) Then I printed the resulting PDF from Acrobat with crops, trimmed and backed them up. (Didn't try duplex printing from my laserjet but it might have worked ok too.)
[Version 1.3.2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 19 Jan 2005
Can someone compare this to the $50 ClickBook? It works quite well. Thanks!
[Version 1.3.2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 17 Aug 2004
I just have to simply say... "Bravo!"
[Version 1.3]


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Anonymous reviewed on 13 Aug 2004
OMG, our imposition dreams have been answered!
[Version 1.3]


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Anonymous reviewed on 30 Jul 2004
Ahhhhhh, in software as in life, a rare pleasure… a simple thing done perfectly.
[Version 1.2.1]


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mikeps408 had trouble on 08 Jun 2006
This looks easy, but I have a problem. 80 page doc. But after I drop the pdf into CB, the pages are not in the right order and there's an extra blank page at the beginning (should be one). I printed a copy to make sure I was seeing this right and it's definitely out of order. Sound familier to anyone?
[Version 2.0.4]

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jiiota replied on 12 Sep 2007
I had the same problem as another user- cocoabooklet for some reason inserts a blank page at the beginning and another on the second page, which throws everything out of order. This app is SO close to being perfect and wonderful. What's frustrating me is I can't understand the reasoning behind the blank pages. My first page is the front cover of the booklet, and my last page is the back cover of the booklet. But the two blank pages are just enough to throw the whole thing out of whack.

Lotuslake rated on 29 Oct 2011

[Version 2.0.4]


Downloads:48,276
Version Downloads:34,477
Type:Utilities : File Management
License:Free
Date:07 Mar 2006
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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CocoaBooklet lets you create a booklet out of a PDF file, it is a page imposition tool.

A booklet is book that is bound in the middle. Which means that a booklet has four pages printed on one sheet of paper (two on each sides). If you have for example a PDF file with 8 pages, you booklet will look like this:

  • First sheet, first side: pages 8 and 1
  • First sheet, second side: pages 2 and 7
  • Second sheet, first side: pages 6 and 3
  • Second sheet, second side: pages 4 and 5


The bottom line is that you simply print your booklet, staple it by the middle, fold it in two and you have a book! CocoaBooklet also lets you create a minibooklet, which is especially useful for printers that cannot print on both sides.

It is a useful tool to reduce the number of pages that has to be printed, which lets you save a lot of paper.


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